Now in paperback - Phoebe Gilman and Joanne Fitzgerald's beautiful story about the transformative power of love.
When a little hippo falls in love with an Egyptian princess, he hopes that a great magician can turn him into a human boy. Alas, even the magician can't perform such a feat! Instead, the magician turns him into a toy that the princess can play with - a beautiful blue hippo on wheels.
The princess adores her toy and takes him everywhere with her. But little girls don't play with toys forever. The princess grows up and yearns for a true love. Can the hippo make her wish come true?
Based on a story by Joan Grant, The Blue Hippopotamus was Phoebe Gilman's final book. The illustrations by Joanne Fitzgerald were inspired by sketches Phoebe drew before her death in 2002.
*A Governor General's Award nominee!
PHOEBE GILMAN is one of Canada's best-selling author-illustrators. Her books include the Jillian Jiggs series, The Balloon Tree, The Gypsy Princess and the award-winning Something from Nothing. Published posthumously, Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow and her final book, The Blue Hippopotamus, illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald, are wonderful testaments to the enduring quality of Phoebe's talent.
JOANNE FITZGERALD is the illustrator of many Canadian favourites, including Plain Noodles, Emily's House, Ten Small Tales, Little Rooster and the Diamond Button, Circus Play, and the Governor General's Award-winning Doctor Kiss Says Yes. Joanne Fitzgerald passed away in 2011.